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21 dead in Togo as floods ravage west Africa

media The death toll in Togo is higher than previously thought

A total of 21 people have been killed and more than 82,000 have been affected by flooding in Togo in recent months, the government said on Friday. The figures were released as neighbouring Benin continues to battle floods that have hit 680,000 people.

In total, the rainy season has seen more than 300 people killed in west and central Africa, with 1.5 million affected.

A statement from Togolese Communications Minister Djimon Ore said the toll given on Friday was a "complete evaluation" put together by teams assembled with the help of the United Nations.

A previous toll released over a week ago said about 10 people had been killed and nearly 3,000 affected.

"The evaluation has shown a need for short-term food, non-food and agricultural supply assistance," the statement said.

In Benin, an airlift of 1,500 tents arrived on Thursday, with another 1,500 expected on Friday.

Almost two-thirds of Benin has been hit by flooding, killing 43 people and leaving nearly 100,000 homeless. There have also been 800 cases of cholera detected across the country, an outbreak that has led to at least seven deaths.

In Nigeria, 118 people have died as a result of the flooding.

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